Syrian and Russian forces have taken control over Saraqib in Idlib (video)

DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Russian-backed forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime, ignoring the Astana accords and the Sochi memorandum, seized the city of Saraqib in Idlib, learned according information from DW, Anadolu Agency, Inosmi and Syrian agency SANA.

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Forces of the Damascus regime, formed from the forces of the army of the Bashar al-Assad regime and Iran-supported foreign terrorist groups, continue the ground attack in the south and southeast of Idlib.

The seizure of the administrative center of the Saraqib region with the support of Russia from the air was preceded by lengthy fierce battles between armed opposition groups and regime forces.

Earlier, regime forces surrounded the administrative center of Saraqib .

The value of Saraqib

About 170 thousand civilians of Saraqib left the area as a result of attacks conducted by the regime and its supporters since November 2019.

Saraqib, located in the southeast of Idlib, 16 kilometers from the provincial capital, is considered the “gateway to Idlib”.

The M5 highway passes through Saraqib through Aleppo, Idlib, Hama, Homs, Damascus to Jordan, as well as the M4 highway connecting Aleppo, Idlib and Latakia. This further enhances the strategic importance of the area.

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Idlib, located in northwestern Syria, has been a stronghold of the opposition and armed anti-government groups almost from the start of the civil war. In 2015, the administrative center of Idlib, whose population as a result of internal migration reached four million, came under the control of the opposition. This is one of the regions subjected to the most intense regime attacks.

At a meeting in Astana on May 4-5, 2017 with the participation of Turkey, Russia and Iran, four de-escalation zones were created in Syria: on the territory of Idlib and its neighboring provinces (Latakia, Hama and Aleppo), in the north of the province of Homs, in East Gute in the province of Damascus, in the southern regions of the country (the provinces of Dara’a and Al-Quneitra). In the de-escalation zones, it was decided to declare a ceasefire and maintain the status quo. All of these zones, with the exception of Idlib, were captured by the regime and Iran-supported terrorists thanks to Russia’s support from the air.

Since the conclusion of the Sochi memorandum on September 17, 2018, more than 1.8 thousand civilians have died as a result of attacks by the regime and its supporters in Idlib. Since January 2019, the number of people moving to areas near the border with Turkey has reached 1.7 million.

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Source: Inosmi, DW, Anadolu, SANA

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